Persicope among tech tools prohibited at Wimbledon

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In advance of their annual tournament, Wimbledon issued a statement saying that using Periscope will not be allowed, according to wired.co.uk, quoting a spokesperson who added that there “will be stewards around to ensure that their is no funny business.”

How Wimbledon will fight invasion of Periscope, selfie sticks and drones (Wired UK)

However, officials have been using the live-streaming app to promote the event:

Wired explains:

The dichotomy in attitudes between the policy and its own social media feed raises the question as to whether technology might make or break this year’s championship. Wimbledon’s organisers don’t seem to be able to decide: some uses of technology are being embraced, whereas others are being treated as a threat.

Meanwhile, here is a live list of tweets linked to Periscope feeds with “Wimbledon” in the title:

Photo at top: Centre Court an Wimbledon, by Albert Lee, used with permission.

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Updates enhance the Periscope experience

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Above: @STLFireDept Periscoped firefighters at work in St. Louis today.

It has been almost a week since Periscope enabled web replay viewing, and that improvement came shortly after their mobile app update, but the real advantages emerge when applying both together.

The absence of web replays had been a common complaint among Periscope viewers, according to reports from PC Mag and The Verge.

But you will really feel the difference while broadcasting, knowing now that there are more ways for viewers to consume and share your reports, as I discovered while experimenting over the weekend.

Now, it makes more sense to ask your viewers to retweet your link because everyone can come back and watch for up to 24 hours.

The web replay view also makes it possible for viewers to watch once before deciding if they want to capture a copy, as I often do with Quicktime or apps such as Snapz.

And now that the Periscope app makes it possible for viewers to grab and share a link to the stream, they can very easily repost to Facebook or their blogs, or share via SMS or email. (So, you might want to suggest those possibilities while broadcasting.)

To get the related URL while viewing a live or recorded video inside the Periscope app, users now need only to swipe right, click “Share” and touch “Copy to Clipboard.” Then, they can paste it anywhere.

If the video is live, users will still find the previous options to share the stream directly with their followers inside the app.

A post at Softpedia’s Webscripts Homepage agrees with The Verge that removing the 24-hour limit and enabling embeds are the next critical steps for Periscope, making it possible for users to share live and recorded videos “just like you can with tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos.”

There are some workarounds presently possible with applications capable of capturing live video from your laptop screen and and rebroadcasting with embed codes, but the processes are brutally cumbersome and produce horizontal windows with shadowboxing around vertical videos.

For now at least, Twitter Just Made Periscope Better, according to WebProNews, adding: “Though much of our internet use is increasingly taking place on mobile, there is still a great deal of importance left when it comes to the desktop, so this is a significant move for Twitter’s new service.”

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Chaos continues to chase journalists experimenting with Periscope

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We haven’t seen this level of technophobia following the emergence of any social media tools, platforms or innovations impacting journalism since the emergence of Twitter itself.

According to Jack Smith IV at mic.com: “TV newscasters are terrified of Periscope.”

Meet the People Who Lost Their Jobs for Livestreaming

And that’s just the latest. Check out some earlier posts addressing the conflicts emerging around live-streaming video:

• Do video streamers belong in the penalty box? Or are raised phones “the new applause?”
• Issues taking shape around live streaming video

What do journalists think? I got a little feedback during some recent workshops:

• Periscope surfaces at #IRE15
• Journalists consider Periscope at Barcamp News Innovation
• Streaming journalism review

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Periscope adoption emerging across professions

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A handful of physicians are quickly becoming Periscope pros, according to medcitynews.com:

Docs find an audience on Periscope

And “This Powerful App Will Aid With Law Enforcement” as well, inquisitr.com reports.

For real estate agents, Periscope “can easily become an influential piece in staking your claim in a changing marketplace,” according to inman.com.

Ahead of the NHL Awards, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals unveiled the team’s new alternate jerseys via Periscope, washingtonpost.com reported.

Finally, rap star Raury “will use Periscope to stream his music festival,” according to Mashable.

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Finding more reporting on Periscope reporting

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We’re starting to spot more stories on the potential of Periscope for the news business.

“Journalists might see Periscope not as content delivery, but as context delivery,” according to a post from storybench.org, explaining how “the one-on-one feel of a Periscope broadcast on your personal screen… allows news consumers to tag along with journalists out in the field.”

Oh the places you’ll go: Tapping Periscope for reporting – Storybench

Meanwhile, journalism.co.uk has an update on How livestreaming apps fit in the newsroom.

And new NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt has been experimenting with Periscope and says “That’s the direction I think we are all going in,” according to a post at jamestownsun.com.

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Periscope goes to the races

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Young drivers are already using Periscope during Saturday night dirt track races, according to a recent article from beyondtheflag.com:

Periscope Could Change The Landscape Of NASCAR Forever
Off the track, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr. recently used Periscope “to give fans an exclusive look at his life on three different occasions,” according to sportingnews.com. And nascartalk.nbcsports.com reported that Earnhardt “has elicited some help on what to do on Periscope from teammate Jimmie Johnson.”

“I’ve just been experimenting, playing with it,” reported NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, according to a recent post at wlfi.com, where he added: “I’m having fun with it.”

However, Beyond the Flag continued:

“If NASCAR was smart, they would begin to utilize this kind of technology on the track as well as off,” according to the news and fan community site. Have pit crews broadcast live from the drivers pit box to give an update on their strategy, give fans a question and answer session during pace laps of a race, or even let fans join their favorite driver in an up close and personal look at their victory lane celebrations.

For now, most of the Periscope streams with titles including “NASCAR” seem to be coming from fans. Here is a glance at related tweets:

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Nestlé first to brand a Periscope stream

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A campaign from Nestlé this weekend is bringing some slick marketing to Pericope, according to a report from adweek.com:

Nestlé Will Be the First Brand to Run a Sponsored Periscope Stream

Each video title will include the #ad hashtag to indicate that it’s sponsored, and will the project be supported with sponsored tweets and hired influencers.

Citing Nestle’s endeavor as an indication of future possibilities, inqisitir.com says Periscope “will be taking (and already has taken) a large chunk out of SnapChat’s business.

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